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OUT OF THE BLUE

Electric Light Orchestra

 

Crossover Prog

3.64 | 303 ratings

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4 stars A bona fide, mega-selling classic, this double album (now on 1 CD) contains more hits than most bands have in their entire career. "Turn To Stone", "Sweet Talkin' Woman", "Wild West Hero"... the list goes on. However, the 4 track "Concerto For A Rainy Day" has much to recommend it to any prog fan, being one big 20 minute piece, really. The quirkiness of "Jungle" and the strings-drenched sadness of "Steppin' Out" are other highlights. Like most of ELO's output, it's pop but it rocks; it's not prog but it's quite often progressive; it's superficially pleasing, yet meticulously constructed, revealing layers of detail within tight, concise song structures. And, of course, as all the songs are written by Jeff Lynne, it's effortlessly melodic. An outstanding album.
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